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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale

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7,914 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,914
Reviews: 2,657
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 100
Gots: 515 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor.

37 IBU

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-05-2001)
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Photo of AaronRed

New York

4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers. I don't think it has lost anything years ago.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2001 21:09:14 | More by AaronRed
Photo of LarryV


3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale amber color with a 1/2" head. Smell is citrusy hops.
Taste is citrusy hops followed by a hint of sourness. Malt just barely balances out the hoppiness. One of the hoppier pale ales on the market, and a decent session brew. Nothing really special about it, just a good, solidly brewed beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2006 23:31:12 | More by LarryV
Photo of TinusTime


4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a shade darker than amber with a whispy little head. Aroma is of Hops, nice citrus piney floral hops. Once you smell it you know what you are in for. Taste starts off with a little prickly hops on the tongue , melds into a bit of nice malt in the middle, then drys off strong with the Cascade hops. Mouthfeel is nice with great carbonation keeping the beer from being astringent on the tongue. Drinkability-- I could drink this all day no matter the season. One of the benchmarks for American Pale Ale. For a lot of people i know this is the when all else fails- beer , as it is widely available and often the only craft beer on tap.. This is not a knock because this is a very tasty beer

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2004 20:29:18 | More by TinusTime
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4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a slightly hazy golden amber with a foamy off white head. Left ok lace. Aroma of sweet malt, citrusy hops and some fruit.
Tastes of sweet malt, caramel and tangy fruits segueing into
citrusy/spicy hops with a nod towards grapefruit and a bit of pepper.
Light to medium bodied but perhaps a wee heavy on the carbonation. Phenomenal drinkability as always.
This was the beer that opened my eyes to the potential of American microbrews over 20 years ago. I have a lot of respect for it, but also realize we've come a long way since then. While not the best one out there now, it's good to see it still holds up so well. Kudos to Sierra Nevada for this classic brew!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2004 03:04:16 | More by rkhaze
Photo of infi

New York

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint.

Pours a translucent golden orange color with a generous amount of bubbling occurring throughout the glass, which forms a white head of extra fine bubbles forming and settling to a thin cap that moves away from the center of the glass and towards the perimeter. From a birds-eye view, it's appears to be a white ring with some thin patches of bubbles scattered in the middle. The smell is incredible with its floral bouquet of spicy hops, pine, citrus, honey and slight amounts of malt and yeast. Extra whiffs indicate that the aromas are more citrus-oriented than the pine, kinda like cutting into a fresh grapefruit. This is one damn good smelling beer.

The taste, at first, is very sweet from the malts and honey. Then, the pine and citrus come into play as they present themselves as a slight dry bitterness. And towards the end, I can taste the pith of grapefruit and a hoppy spiciness, which leaves a nice crisp and dry aftertaste. There is a definite earthy characteristic in the flavor profile - it's excellent.

This pale ale has a medium-bodied mouthfeel with adequate amount of carbonation in the mouth. And as aforementioned, a crisp and dry aftertaste remains on the tongue and inner linings of the cheeks, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Drinkability is very high. You won't notice how fast you'll be drinking it. It is remarkably sessionable, tasty and reliable. SNPA will always be one of my go-to beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 23:17:40 | More by infi
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New York

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass with a nice big sticky yeasty head. Has strong citrus and floral hop smells with yeasty smells too, mmm. Strong hop-forward ale, with sweet notes. Strong carbonation in this moderate bodied beer. I drink tons of this poop, it's great.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 17:51:25 | More by wcintula
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

04-22-2012 19:00:48 | More by tln13
Photo of VaterRoss

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tumbler, bottled Dec 20th 2011 (this took some detective work)

Appearance is a clear copper with a surprisingly large white head and nice visible active carb. Leaves some nice lacing at the top. Smell is lightly floral and a tad malty (this may stand out due to the amount of IPAs I've had of late). Taste is spicy, floral hops, with some nice pale malts to back it up. Taste ends with a nice clean and sharp bitterness from the hops. As I get farther into the beer the malt comes out more and is actually quite pleasant and mellow with some light biscuit notes. A barely detectable hint of funk (old?) comes in on the taste, again, this is just barely there and doesn't really detract. Mouthfeel is medium-light and a bit prickly from the hops.

Light, refreshing, but featuring lots of taste and hops. I really like this beer; one of the first non macro beers I encountered with wide distribution and near cheap pricing. Incredible quality given the amount they ship! The gateway beer as far as I am concerned. Fairly high drinkability but a bit too bitter to be prime, if only the hops came through a bit stronger.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 05:18:07 | More by VaterRoss
Photo of SometimesIfart


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very, very light copper with a one finger bubbly white head. Left slight lacing.

S - Massive pine, hop resin, slight pineapple, weak malt and medium grapefruit.

T - Hop resin, pine, heavy malt, grapefruit, coriander. Pine is definitely dominant.

M - Light carbonation and a light to medium body. Creamy as well.

O - The pine definitely overwhelmed all of the other flavros. But all in all, this was a very solid beer that I would definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 04:10:51 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of Spaz7


4/5  rDev -1%

05-24-2013 21:05:23 | More by Spaz7
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2/5  rDev -50.5%

10-03-2013 03:12:36 | More by Wsherry1
Photo of tylerstravis


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

02-18-2014 04:12:16 | More by tylerstravis
Photo of Vogt52


4/5  rDev -1%

06-18-2014 16:49:47 | More by Vogt52
Photo of MooseBoose


4/5  rDev -1%

08-17-2012 18:24:35 | More by MooseBoose
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

09-07-2012 16:21:56 | More by mtnwesdew
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3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A very whipped cream-like head with poor lacing. Pours a pale orangish yellow, almost a clear urine color.

Smell - Slight hop notes, but not much else is going on here.

Taste - Slight bitterness turns over to a sweet and smooth aftertaste. A delicious caramelized pine note that has a very smooth hoppy aftertaste. A well balanced lemon-squeeze aftertaste as well.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Well balanced and smooth. Quite easily drinkable; so much so that I could easily drink a six pack in a night. I guess I would call this my 'go-to" beer.

Verdict - Defintely a tasty and delicious beer. When I'm just in the mood to have a beer in general, this is what I reach for. I have had it several times; bottled and on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2011 01:56:23 | More by Jesse13713
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

11-28-2011 03:34:34 | More by drh1382
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4/5  rDev -1%

04-12-2012 13:55:53 | More by Mullinger1980
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

06-16-2012 16:16:20 | More by danipp
Photo of zapahoppa


5/5  rDev +23.8%

12-16-2011 02:35:46 | More by zapahoppa


3/5  rDev -25.7%

05-17-2013 20:35:00 | More by SMITHAND
Photo of Can_has_beer


4/5  rDev -1%

06-29-2014 00:47:29 | More by Can_has_beer
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4/5  rDev -1%

04-07-2014 04:22:48 | More by chossboss
Photo of Southernbrew


4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid gold color, nice bubbly head.

Strong aroma, very hoppy, some sweetness.

Nice full body, strong hops presence, very smooth. Light floral notes, slight touch of dryness in the finish.

Exactly what I expect from a pale ale. Definitely a beer to try when discovering "good beer" and one I will continue to buy.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2004 02:44:14 | More by Southernbrew
Photo of heebes

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle.

Pours a clear, crisp orange amber with huge foamy off white head. Leaves plenty of lacing. Lots of tiny bubbles rising, good carbonation. Nose is light bready malts, barley, faint light citrus of hops. Smells light a creamy pale. Taste is wonderful, never have I tasted so much flavour in a plae ale! Big on a malt backbone but balanced well from the barley. Medium to light mouthfeel. Tasty and drinkable, several easily downed in a session. A standout classic American staple.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 20:12:40 | More by heebes
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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